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NHTSA: Half of SC fatal crashes in 2013 involved driver with alcohol in system

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HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - New information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration paints a clearer picture of a serious drinking-and-driving problem in South Carolina.

Behind the wheel of every deadly car crash is a driver. In 2013, of every fatal crash in the country, South Carolina had the fewest number of totally sober drivers behind the wheel of any state- only 49 percent blew a .0 Blood-Alcohol Content (BAC). South Carolina had the highest number of drivers in the state with a .08 or higher BAC, at 44 percent. The state also tops the list of drivers in deadly crashes who had at least some alcohol in their system, and blew .01 and above, at 50 percent.

To top it off, Horry County stats are some of the worst in the state.

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety said for 2013, of the 55 deadly crashes in Horry County, the second-highest number of any county in the state, 23 involved an alcohol-impaired driver.

Local cab drivers provide their service to intoxicated bargoers every day; drunk people help keep the lights on. They said they don't know why so many people in the state and the area choose to endanger their lives and the lives of others by driving impaired, but did give some insight.

"I think it's the local people in South Carolina,” said Eric Field, a taxi driver for Diamond Cab. “I don't think they should... we blame the tourists for an awful lot of things. But I just don't think the vast majority of them are tourists.”

A little more than halfway through the year, as of Thursday, there were already 30 fatalities in Horry County in 2015.

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